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In order to complement the current changes in the European economy, clear objectives should be put in place to ensure social justice in the labor market. In a resolution which was adopted today by 616 votes in favor, 22 against and 58 abstentions, the Parliament sets out its priorities for a strong social Europe for just transitions.

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the precariousness of some workers – especially young people and women in low-skilled jobs – and highlighted the urgent need for adequate social protection and a policy of inclusive employment.

Define an ambitious “Porto 2030 Agenda”

In the resolution, MEPs call on member states and the European Commission to adopt an ambitious political program with mandatory social sustainability indicators at the EU social summit in May 2021 in Portugal. The so-called “Porto 2030 Agenda†should include goals and measures to ensure decent work and wages, social justice and equal opportunities, strong social protection systems and fair labor mobility. of work.

In addition, MEPs urge that the Porto agenda sets concrete targets for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (ESPR), to ensure that social rights receive the same protection as economic freedoms in the market unique.

Monitoring progress of social recovery

To mitigate the social impact of COVID-19, member states should take full advantage of the flexibility available for public finances and fiscal policies. Investments made under NextGenerationEU and the Recovery Fund should support social equality as much as economic and environmental objectives. To this end, member states should submit social progress plans (SPP) alongside existing national stimulus plans and national climate and energy plans, according to the resolution.


Agnes Jongerius (S&D, Netherlands): “In which Europe do we want to live in 10 years? I want to live in a Europe where all workers earn a living wage, all families can find housing and no child should grow up in poverty.

Recommendations are simply not enough to make it happen. EU governments and the Commission must commit to concrete binding targets to be achieved by 2030, such as halving youth unemployment, equal pay and more affordable social housing.

Dennis Radtke (EPP, DE) added: “Climate change and digitization will challenge an entire generation. They will inevitably lead to structural changes, which must be shaped in a socially acceptable and fair way. This can only work if we protect and support both our industry and our workers.

Our report proposes clearly defined objectives for a socially just transition towards a greener and more digital economy. We expect the European Commission to take our proposals into account in its action plan for the next EU social summit in Porto 2021. â€


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